Gloria Lea Bledsoe, school counselor

Dr. Gloria Lea Bledsoe, a retired Baltimore County guidance counselor who established an Oldfields School early-childhood education program, died of cancer May 30 at Glen Meadows Assisted Living. She was 85 and lived in Towson for many years.

Born Gloria Lea Whittle in Baltimore and raised on LaPaix Lane, she was a 1945 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

After raising her family, she began teaching at Oldfields School in 1979. She established a nursery school along with an early-childhood education program, family members said.

In 1982, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She received a master's degree from Towson University and a doctorate from Union University. She studied the difference between right- and left-brain learning methods.

After leaving Oldfields School, she became a counselor at Old Court Middle School, where she developed an after-school basketball program for at-risk students. She retired from Kenwood High School about 20 years ago.

She enjoyed gardening and traveled to Alaska, the Grand Canyon and Europe.

A life celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at 4 Goodale Place in Homeland.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Webster Bledsoe of Irvine, Calif., David Lester Bledsoe of Charlottesville, Va., and Barry Zimmerman Bledsoe of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Janice Lea Bledsoe of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. Her marriage to Richard Webster Bledsoe ended in divorce.

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